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Fall 2016

Community Magazine


I am elated to share with you our special “Eighth Annual Gala Commemorative Issue!” In this issue we celebrate Xcellence, Inc.’s 8th Year Anniversary and the honoring of both national and international Community Leadership.

From the Publisher

It seems like yesterday that God gave me the vision to launch Xcellence Community Magazine. I’ll never forget that day! I remember feeling defeated in my mission to share with the world Xcellence, Inc.’s mission and objectives. My bank account did not reflect the monies needed to advertise on a consistent basis, shucks….not even on a one-time basis. Initially, I just wanted a platform to share with the world of the good things that were happening with Xcellence. I soon realized thereafter that we were positioned to do something much more unique, more needed, and that was to give the community a voice. How do we (Xcellence, Inc.) support individuals that were facing the same situation as ours, meaning tell their story at an affordable pricing structure? Now, since our 1st Winter 2013 Issue, we have faced challenging times; however, we continue to perfect our media platform to bring inspirational stories from an individual’s success journey, address hot community issues and topics, and share with the world “The Xcellence” message. Angella Banks

Founder/Publisher/Editor-In-Chief

Audra Buchanan

This year represents our year of new beginnings, and we dared to do something different. Last year, our board voted & approved the traveling of our galas across the country to a different city each year going forward. We felt it was vital to our growth to reach new leaders, and new territories worldwide. It was the perfect solution for us as we strive to introduce the world to our brand and signature of eXcellence, while introducing our mission and vision statements, programs, and unique leadership platform. Based upon the growth and vibrancy that Atlanta represents, we selected the perfect city for our 1st stop beyond our corporate based state of Tennessee. In this issue, you will meet our 2016 Honorees and preview their works, which contributes to our mission of creating Xcellence Communities abroad. In addition, you will learn about our new joint ventures, partnerships, and collaborations, as we are positioned and growing at a very fast pace I ask that you join us in fulfilling our purpose of developing, empowering, and promoting leaders worldwide. There is room at the table for you through volunteerism, membership, mentorship, and of course, we are always in need of donations to make our day to day operations sustainable. I hope that you enjoy this issue and make the decision to join us in our quest for excellence. Welcome to Xcellence! Dr. Angella Banks

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Special Tribute An Evening Late Tommy Ford Under the Stars Man of the Year Xcellence 8th Annual Gala New Business National Division African American Launches Museum Opens

As we travel along this journey called life, we will encounter life-altering and defining moments. On August 11, 2016, we were not privileged to the plans that God had for the two of us.  Your interview was so much more than any I have ever done!  We had church!  You preached and I talked (smiled). I want to thank God and you for giving me a gift of a lifetime.  I am forever reminded that regardless of life’s challenges, I must continue to fight the good fight and know that everyday I must diligently, without hesitation be about my father’s business.  My deepest sympathy goes out to your entire family and I pray that they may find a lifetime keepsake in this magazine issue. May they continue to hear your voice continually speaking life into them as you take your final rest. As you so fondly called me, “Angie Mae”

Dr. Angella Banks

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Xcellence Mission

Our mission is to unify the citizens of the community by promoting self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Through a combined collaboration of resources, we will strengthen our families, our youth, and our businesses to reach their greatest potential.

Xcellence Community

Xcellence, Inc. supports and advocates for economic and social progress for communities abroad through our membership network which focuses exclusively on economic empowerment as the key driver for social change. Xcellence, Inc. equips communities with the tools, the programs and the experiences to help them reach their full economic potential. We are committed to growing and strengthening families, businesses, civic and religious organizations through these following four founding principles: • Spiritually by Keeping God First and the direct correlation it has on the overall quality of life. • Socially by creating positive cultural images through a series of programs and events. • Business Networking & Education by helping individuals and families attain economic empowerment through training, programs, workshops and seminars to promote leadership, entrepreneurship, and wealth accumulation. • Community Outreach by teaching individuals to have a level of responsibility for giving back to their communities to aid in the economic-growth by helping one another and seeing prosperity for the community as a whole.

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Welcome to Atlanta Congratulations 8 Years of Service Community Leadership & Economic Development

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What made Tommy Ford a Man of Xcellence?

wasn’t long that I realized that my father had birthed me, but my dad was the one who was raising me to be a man,” said Tommy. There was a shift in his tone as he began to discuss the admiration for the man that came into his life and brought foundation, values, and a new level of expectations. “As I reflect upon it, to this day, my dad never introduced us as his step-children, we were his. He spoke life into us. Bringing home C’s from school was unacceptable in our home. Instead of fighting it, I embraced his presence and began to adapt, regardless of my past issues with my father,” stated Tommy.

To the world, he was this tall baldhead guy, best remembered from the Martin Lawrence show as, “Tommy You Ain’t Got No Job.” It didn’t take long before I was quickly introduced to a man that had a strong spiritual foundation, and understood just how he needed to integrate his gifts of laughter as a comedian, and many other talents, to change individuals lives, more specifically young men. We briefly spoke of him turning 52 on this past September 5th as I recall him stating, “more than half of my life is over; I have more years behind me than ahead of me. What is most important to me is that I am remembered for what I accomplished while I was here.”

When asked about his legacy, he quickly referenced Proverbs 13:22, a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children. Tommy became a father figure to young men all across this country through his “Tommy Ties” youth empowerment seminars, children’s He is a proud father of four children. books, and one of his latest projects, When asked, “Who is Tommy Mikhail “Through my Lens.” It is a documentary Ford” there was a chuckle, which let of 25 young men, between the ages of me knew that the conversation had 15 and 25. The project involved getting just shifted. He began to tell me of his the young men to look through different journey of newfound revelation, past lens to change their focus, exposure, hurts and pains, which has shaped him and vision. “They were all former bullies into the man he is today. “My mother or victims of bullying,” said Tommy. The was 16 years old when she became six-month project is now the driver that pregnant with me. My biological father produced young men to get their GED was in prison most of my life, however and pursue higher education through I had uncles to help mentor and shape me in my young adulthood; however, the colleges and other career institutions. void of not having my father present was The short version of the documentary was viewed during the Tom Joyner a daily reminder as I longed to just say Family Reunion Weekend the first week the words, Dad.” of September, and a full version will be aired during the month of October, “God must have heard my prayers, “Bully Awareness Month,” on Aspire TV because my mother remarried and it network.

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As a young girl, I was always a dreamer. I could’ve been anyone of the characters, Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland. All I knew was I had my head in the sky. I always knew there was something different about me, a presence that heavily surrounded me. I didn’t know then, but as an adult, I clearly know that it was God.

checks. I gave myself the gift of dignity and respect, because I was the mother of four children with four different baby daddies. I gave myself new titles that were different from the titles that the world had gave me.

It was when I found out who I was in Christ that every word I spoke over my life began to change, for I had come to the realization Molested at the age of five, homeless of the power of words, and my ability to at the age of 12, in and out of abusive speak a thing and it would come to pass on relationships, I can’t tell you how I knew, my behalf. I began to realize that people in but I had this knowing that I was going my life had always spoke words over my life through all of these things for a reason and that were meant to murder my spirits, But that there was something extraordinary God! I shut down every negative thought about me. Hard to comprehend how I knew and voice in my head. I quit listening to it, again there was just always this feeling. my fleshly thoughts and was reminded that thoughts become things. Ordered to prison for 15 years for writing bad checks, changed my life forever. Even God told me I gave you the power to in that situation, God favored my life. create, and that is exactly what I began Twelve years were suspended with a total to do. Things began to shift in my life time served of three. I often say that the to a new dimension. Although initially I only thing I would have changed about that didn’t feel deserving, I had to stand on situation was being with my kids. See, God’s word over my life. I received an I became a mother at the age of 15 and honorary doctorate degree from the late continued to have children every 22 months Dr. Myles Munroe’s organization. I became until I had my fourth child. I was away from a bestselling author in four categories, a my babies, missed them terribly, and knew successful businesswoman, and a great that this was not the life I wanted for my mother. children and I. I am here to tell you that God will redeem With only a ninth grade education, I began the time on your behalf. If you be ready, to “Have the Audacity to Believe.” I began you never have to get ready. My words to to believe that I would one day become the Xcellence Community is, “Dream Big a doctor; I began to believe I was a good but Execute Quickly!” mother; I had a great husband, nice home, and nice cars. I started to give myself gifts. I gave myself the gift of integrity because I was in prison for stealing and writing bad

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It’s not too late to hit the ground running hard to finish 2016 strong. If you have been dreaming of becoming an entrepreneur, writing a book, starting a new career, going back to school, or whatever you have been thinking of accomplishing this year, now is the time. As a dream coach and mid-wife to your purpose, I want to share some trending business ideas that will inspire you to push towards the mark. Consider these entrepreneurial lucrative business ideas if you have not already, and explore new opportunities that may be awaiting you. 1. Coaching Coaching careers are on the rise. Individuals are using their life and career experiences, and educational backgrounds to help others make changes in their life while making a better than average income. The key is to find a specialty that is comfortable to you and one that is impactful to others. Trending coaching careers are: business, brand, visibility, life, spiritual. 2. Online Store Due to the popularity of the internet and social media outlets, anyone can start an online store. The cost is inexpensive, and usually requires a website, e-commerce software, and minimum marketing materials to the right audience. Many of the products do not have to be your own, but can be from other retailers. T-shirts, handcrafted creations, bakeries, and jewelry are a few of the new trending online stores and e-commerce platforms. 3. Event Planner Are you a social butterfly? Do you love entertaining guest? If this describes you, then event planning may be your cup of tea. It is easy to turn your passion into dollars as people are always looking to socialize in common places. Wedding planning has always been a big hit, but new trends such as wedding personal assistants, coordinating, and designing, all have become new individual niches in event planning. In addition to wedding, corporate events, and smaller events that are intimate, are newfound event planning opportunities as well. 4. Virtual Assistant With small businesses and entrepreneurs projected to continue growing, careers for virtual assistants is booming. To make this easy transition, you need a laptop and website. Using social media to promote your services is a good strategy as well. Individuals are looking for administrative assistants, daily planners, organizers, etc…. This career gives you the opportunity to work remotely, open and respond to other’s emails, interact with customers, pay customer bills, plan meetings, and more. 5. Social Media Consultant Millions of people are on social media outlets. However, that does not mean that they know how to utilize it. If you have figured out to use social media successfully, then you have just figured out what millions of others are still trying to learn. Use your social media platforms to analyze other businesses that may need your help. Provide them with details of how you can improve their content, increase likes, followers, and manageability. Additional opportunities exist in training users how to maximize social media platforms for their businesses. 6. Home Based Foods Meal delivery, meal prepping, food catering services, and personal chefs are all booming businesses. In today’s society, people find themselves with less and less time to prepare and cook meals, especially healthy lifestyle meals. Consider launching a home-based service that caters to specific individuals. This is the perfect career for individuals that love to cook and make money at the same time. The downside is making sure you follow city/state rules and regulations.

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Elite Biz of Xcellence, Inc. Official Launch

November 12, 2016 There has been so many great things that has happened in 2016, but one that we are most proud of is our newest division for businesses, Elite Biz of Xcellence, Inc. Our fastest growing membership has and continues to be small and start-up businesses. Therefore, it only made good business practice to add a full division that caters to them, their struggles and challenges. “The people will always tell you what they want, we must be willing to listen,” said Founder & President, Dr. Angella Banks. On Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Xcellence, Inc. will release a social media blitz along with promos and freebies to introduce new packages and services at affordable prices to help our entrepreneurial leaders grow and sustain their businesses. Be sure to tune in on Saturday, November 12th for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT and find out how we are making great strides at grassroots level to meet the needs of community leaders and fulfill our organization’s mission & economic development initiatives.

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I am an artist at heart. As a young boy I always loved to draw. My passion for art never changed, but my canvas for beauty did. I’ve been cutting hair now for over 30 years, and it has allowed my career to travel through three states as a top premiere stylist, and be selected as a platform event hair stylist for several top recognized national hair manufacturers and events, such as Steve Harvey’s acclaimed Neighborhood Awards. My journey from a little boy cutting hair free in my mother’s kitchen to the man I am today as taken me a long way in life. I will forever be grateful for my God given gifts that allows me every day, to place a smile on someone’s face, change someone’s insecurities, and ultimately bring the inner beauty outward for the world to see. Who is Eugene “Peter” Ishmon? I am a native of Freeport of Illinois and now reside in Atlanta, Georgia. As a young boy, I was a nerd and art was my outlet. I would lock myself in my room for hours and draw. To this day, I still love the passion of art, however my canvas changed from art on the wall to living art. I use my creativity and artistic abilities now in building my customer’s confidence and making them feel good about their appearance. Coming from a family that specializes in hair on both my mother and father’s side, I feel I was destined to be gifted in hair.

How did you get started in the Hair Industry? My mother had five boys and one girl. She would cut our hair and I would watch her. One day, I picked up the clippers and began to cut my brothers hair. Their friends then began asking me to cut their hair, and I did for free. Eventually I began to charge $1, and today a basic hair cut starts at $25. I never went to hair school for barbering, it was a natural God-given talent. In 1997, I graduated from Highland Community College Hair School and became a licensed cosmetologist. How can businesses reinvent themselves during challenging times? In the hair industry, stylists have to continue to perfect their craft. I have been given the titles of “Wave Master” and “Peter the Prodigy by other stylist and customers.” I remember being in hair school teaching my instructors how to do hair waves and the comb technique verses the finger. Waves have been around long before I was born, then they emerged again around the 90s, and now they are back today, but with a different look. Because of my ability to master an outdated style with craft perfection, hence the name “Wave Master” emerged. Peter the Prodigy is what I feel really resonates with me. It’s because I am dualspecialized in doing both men and women hair, and gifted at it. In fact, my gift allowed me to move to two cities, and overcome the challenges of having no clientele, and starting from scratch. Utilizing social media platforms helped me to

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reinvent myself through word of mouth marketing.

What advice would you share with other entrepreneurs? Throughout my career, I faced many highs and lows. I was challenged when I had to leave my comfort zone. I would say to not be afraid to keep growing. To this day, I am still growing and perfecting my craft. During those daunting times, it was my relationship with God that kept me grounded. I’ve always prayed, but I had to literally depend on him to get through day to day, I had to go deeper than on the surface and get intimate with him. Seek God, put him first, and location is key. Final thoughts! I would like to thank my entire family, friends, and customers that have supported me over the years. I specifically want to give a heartfelt word of THANKS to my mother, Rosa Brown. Thanks for being a woman of God, a praying woman. I recall as a young man growing up hearing you pray all throughout the house, calling out his name. It is because of you that I know today the he will always be there with me and that whenever I need to, I can also call on his name and he will come rescue me. I am thankful for all the times I frustrated you of dirtying up your kitchen, and being banned from cutting hair in the house, which led me to running extension cords in the driveway and setting up shop, I dedicate my career and success right back to you. I love you!


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Patrycya King Williams, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, was born into an iconic music family, which gave her an aptitude for reading music and playing instruments at a young age. Excelling in her talent, she became a proud member of Whites Creek High School Band of Distinction in which she was chosen as a section leader by 9th grade. She later became an Aristocrat at Tennessee State University.

Patrycya’s corporate expertise as a Marketing and Public Relations Manager in a Fortune 500 company served as a catalyst in building her own company, PK Williams Enterprises. As CEO, she is multifaceted and instrumental in creating opportunities for her clients through brand development, planning/ execution of tours, securing speaking engagements, and creating extensive marketing proposals. She scouts talented aspirants for stage plays, independent films, and local/national television appearances. Her services also include brand building for small business owners, non-profit, and for profit companies. In January 2010, Patrycya took on her first independent artist as his Marketing and Public Relations Manager. Within a year, she also became the Personal, Business, and Tour Manager for the same artist. She has since secured numerous deals for clients to open for major artists, perform the National Anthem on national television, and for an NBA/CBA player and sports clinic camp. In addition, she has been successful in getting her clients placed on the cover of an international book, featured in

magazines, and nominated for an award for consecutive years. Patrycya, aka “The Relationship Cultivator”, uses her niche for networking along with nearly two decades of experience in the Music/ Entertainment industry to afford longevity and fruition for each of her clients. Her talents have expanded into managing models, actors/actresses, stylists, authors, NFL, and WNBA professionals. As a passionate advocate for those suffering with Sickle Cell, Patrycya serves on Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee Advisory Council Board and has held the “Sing For Sickle Cell” Benefit Concert for several years. She is also on the board of the “Breaking the SSickle Cell Cycle” non-profit organization. Patrycya serves as a member of several organizations which include NABFEME (National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment), WSAATL (Writing Sessions of America Atlanta), Tennessee Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Black Diamonds Inc. and has participated as a member of Jack and Jill of America Williamson County Chapter. Patrycya King Willams is highly-sought for her professionalism, experience, knowledge, leadership, and teamwork, all of which helps to make visions become reality for her clients. But, above all, she is a devoted wife and mother of three.

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It means much that I can write a special love note to my Daddy in my own magazine publication. Wow, talk about legacy! See, it would take some serious explaining to him in order for me to be at the place I am today. It was never that he wasn’t supportive, but he simply always wanted the best for me and all of his kids. He lived his life off of the principles that a man has to do what a man has to do in order to provide for his home, wife, and kids.

years ago is still the place I call home today. See, it was his legacy for his family that still remains today, nine years after God transitioned him to his heavenly home. See, in my business as a Dream Coach and Consultant, I always ask customers the question of, “What is your why? and Is your why big enough?” My spiritual Father in Heaven is my why, but my birth father is also a big part of my why. I used his story to change my story.

As long as I can remember, it was the same routine day in and day out. Waking up to him either ironing his clothes, while my mom cooked his breakfast. He would routinely come home every day for lunch at 11:30 a.m. to watch 30 minutes of Young & the Restless and 30 minutes of All My Children. Hence my love affair with soap operas began (laughing). Those things were memorable, but the most memorable was who he was as a man, husband to my mother, and a father to his children. Raised the son of a sharecropper, he had to work the fields, which eventually led to him dropping out of school in just the 9th grade. Despite his challenges, he married my mom, started a family and bought a house to give his family security and a home. This home holds very fond memories for me, as both my baby sister and I were born by midwife there. Ironic that my title today is Dr. Angella Banks, Dream Coach and Midwife to your purpose. That is impressive, but what is most impressive is that he gained full-time employment and worked there for 37 years until his health began to fail, and he passed away on August 3rd, 2007. What is even more impressive is that the home that I was birthed in 42

I used his educational challenge in not finishing high school to push through and receive my doctoral degree. I used his barely over minimum wage income to push through and become an entrepreneur so that I can pay myself. I used both him and my mom’s parental structure to be a good mother. It was his sacrifice for his family that allows me to make sacrifices for my daughter today. You get the point! My mom taught us about love, and how a good mother and wife should be, because that was the example she showed us in the home. However, my dad taught us what a man should do for his family and how he should treat us, and if he gives us anything less, then he yet has some growing to do. So on this day, I get to introduce my Daddy to the world. I often times say during my motivational speeches, someone is going to know your name. Today is the day that I let everyone know your name. I say “THANK YOU DADDY FOR BEING SO AMAZING!” You made my world, my life, and now your grandchildren’s life better, because of a decision you made way back when, and that was to be the very best MAN THAT YOU COULD BE!!! We love and appreciate you for everything that you did, and for the foundation that you laid for us.

Love Always Your Baby Girl, Dr. Angella Palmer-Banks

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Saturday, September 24, 2016, the new National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, DC. The 130-year-old Freedom Bell was transported to Washington, DC from Williamsburg, Virginia, and was rung at the end of the ceremony as a symbolic representation of the historic day. It was truly a moment in history to be captured as the first African-American President of the United States, Barack Obama, made the dedication of the museum. A vision that originated back in 1915 from Civil War veterans, this day seemed as if it would never come, but is definitely one of a lifetime for the African American culture and rich heritage. The funding of the museum was made possible by donors such as Oprah’s Charitable Foundation with more than $240 million donations and other donations from celebrities Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Earvin Johnson, George Lucas, to name a few. The federal government also supported the initiative with $270 million dollars in contributions. The 400,000 + square foot museum is part of the Smithsonian Institute and is near the Washington Monument at the National Mall. Designed by British architect David Adjave, he described the experience as simply humbling. This historical building serves as a sign for hope in the midst of African Americans advocating for the Black Lives Matter movement. There is much more work to be done, yet it serves as a reminder to us all that there has been a lot of work done.

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“I am not what I look like. My life at one point was broken into so many pieces, I was lost in a dark place, and didn’t know how to get out,” said Sharron J. Brown. Here she is this petite, beautiful, well-poised, young lady, saying such daunting words. As the interviewer, I quickly began to be thankful to God that I have never in life had to experience such traumatic moments as she did. “I am a woman that loves God and carries his heart! What breaks his heart breaks my heart. He has given me a powerful voice to set the captives free. I have struggled and fought my entire life to let my voice be heard. I have flat lined twice, and the enemy tried to kill me three times. I know that I am a threat to the enemy, yet I refuse to not use my voice to speak of the injustices, oppression, and inequalities of women and children. I put it all on the line for the sake of Christ. Someone must fight for them, and I have been called to be that voice,” said Sharron. She reflects upon childhood memories as she tells me of a story that she wrote to her younger self. “I was lost with no purpose and no vision. A little girl robbed of her identity through molestation and later in life rape. This darkness led me to the streets looking for money, power, and control over the individuals who had hurt me. A former stripper and drug smuggler, landed me in and out of jail many times,” she remembered. As I listen to her story, I become more intrigued of how

this beautiful young lady that started out in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee (the Orange Mound community) dancing and singing in performing arts school, and pretending to preach to her younger cousins ended up so far off track. “I always knew how to be a pretender, hiding the fragileness of a depressed, suicidal, afraid and often times a misunderstood little girl,” said Sharron. She explains of even in those darkest moments, she knew that God was always speaking to her, even in the midst of her mess; he was letting her know that things were going to be okay. Per Sharron, “I remember the last time I was in jail, I heard the voice of God tell me, live for me today or you shall die.” My aunt, who would always advocate and protect me as best she could, reiterated to me one day after picking me up from the strip club that there was a war going on for my life. God wants to know who you will serve. It was in the car that day that I gave my life to God.” She then shares a very intimate moment of a surreal and outer body dream experience in which Rosa Parks was passing her a baton. “I didn’t understand it at first, but I was soon able to understand the significance of Rosa Park’s voice and how she had to take a stand for injustice, even if it would cost her life. I am my voice, and my voice is a healer and deliverer in someone’s life, the same way it was when my Aunt Shirley spoke into my life. I will continue to inspire and empower. I will not be afraid to

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look for the hidden treasures of God, who are also fighting for their voice,” said Sharron. “Today, I am a Domestic Minors Sex Trafficking (DMST) Ambassador. I want to be known as one of the greatest humanitarians to live. Being called to God comes with a price, and I understand that today. I could not save others, if God had not saved me. He knows that I love what and who he loves. He knows that what grieves him, grieves me. I carry his heart. It took a village to get me to where I am today. I remember going to church as a little girl with one of my childhood friends and her mother, hearing about God and my Aunt Shirley coming in the streets looking to rescue me, yet never judging me. I won’t give up, because Rosa Parks has a baton to pass to me” exclaimed Sharron. I would like to thank Xcellence, Inc. for this opportunity to share my story and recognizing my humanitarian efforts toward women and children. A special heartfelt “Thanks” to my sons Marques and Mikaele for loving their mother beyond any faults. My Aunt Shirley for being an intercessor on my behalf. My parents, Shirley and James Williams for being there for me even when my story didn’t look like this one, and lastly to my dear friend, you’ve been here for me through the roughest of times and continue to stand by my side. Thank you for pushing me into places that my mind could not have ever imagined going.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month Be in the Know! Live Life Pinkfully! “A screening test tries to find a disease before there are any symptoms. With breast cancer, there is a misconception that if you feel fine, do not have a lump, and have no family history of breast cancer, you are okay. The truth is that three-quarters of the women in whom we find breast cancer have no risk factors. So screening is important for everyone.” -- Susan Greenstein Orel, M.D. Testing to many of us is a nerve wrecking! However, it is necessary to get tested and be in the know about your health so that you can continue to live pinkfully and beautifully. It is essential to getting the proper care if you develop breast cancer. These tests consist of mammogram, breast MRI, and biopsy, and genetic testing. Testing should happen more frequently if your family has had confirmed diagnosis of breast cancer. Most breast-cancer-related tests fall into one of these categories: • Screening tests! Screening tests (such as yearly mammograms) are given routinely to people who appear to be healthy and are not suspected of having breast cancer. Their purpose is to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms can develop and the cancer usually is easier to treat. • Diagnostic tests! Diagnostic tests (such as biopsy) are given to people who are suspected of having breast cancer, either because of symptoms they may be experiencing or a screening test result. These tests are used to determine whether or not breast cancer is present and, if so, whether or not it has traveled outside the breast. Diagnostic tests also are used to gather more information about the cancer to guide decisions about treatment. • Monitoring tests! Once breast cancer is diagnosed, many tests are used during and after treatment to monitor how well therapies are working. Monitoring tests also may be used to check for any signs of recurrence. Get a full list of test, at www.breastcancer.org. Resource: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types

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1. In a large saucepan, bring 5 cups of water and seafood seasoning to a boil. Add shrimp; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Drain; set aside three shrimp for garnish. Chop the remaining shrimp. 2. In a large skillet, saute onion, celery, green pepper and green onions in butter until tender. In a large bowl, combine the stuffing, corn bread, chopped shrimp, sauteed vegetables and seasonings. Stir in the remaining water. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Garnish with celery leaves if desired and reserved shrimp.

Yield: 12-14 servings

Ingredients • 7 cups water, divided • 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined • 1 large onion, chopped • 1 celery rib, chopped • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper • 3 green onions, chopped • 1/2 cup butter, cubed • 1 package (14 ounces) seasoned stuffing cubes or crushed seasoned stuffing • 3 cups crumbled corn bread • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/8 teaspoon each black, white and cayenne pepper • Celery leaves, optional Nutritional Facts 3/4 cup: 245 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 919mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein. Recipe Courtesy of Taste of Home: www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/shrimp-corn-bread-dressing

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“I am a poor peasy naughty-head black boy from Montel Heights in Nassau Bahamas, who God has guided through life, and now placed on the world stage,” were the first words spoken by Mr. Clinton Minnis. I met Clinton Minnis while supporting him in a youth conference a few years ago in Atlanta GA. I knew immediately that he was a man committed to his spiritual assignment and serving in a spirit of excellence.

three years to date, they have continued to support us financially. As a community leader who desires to be an agent of change, we must understand that in order for the community to support our initiatives, we must be individuals of character, integrity, and results, to receive the financial and voluntary support from the community. Clinton went into ministry in 1992, and has always had a heart to serve young people. “I have found out that salvation will lead us into places we cannot imagine,” said Clinton. He speaks of the importance for youth to not become victimized based upon where they come from or the life experiences they were dealt.

Youth from five states gathered for the Y.E.A.H. Ministries youth conference, along with youth from the Bahamas, all congregated to learn about personal development, spiritual guidance, and introductory business knowledge. The conference was a huge success, and although I had only attended one, it was a testament to his organizational skills. It also showed Clinton’s commitment to go into any territory assigned by God, to carry out the plans released over his life. We often times complain about not having enough time to move in and out of the many spheres that God has given us; however, Clinton Minnis can teach each of us a little something about the maximization of time. He has been employed full time at the Bahamas Power & Light Company (a subsidiary of -The Bahamas Electricity Corporation) for nearly 29 years. He formerly served as the Bahamas National Baptist Youth Director (2000-2006), President of The Caribbean Baptist Youth Fellowship (2009-2012), and Vice-President-Baptist World Alliance Youth Department (2009-2013). “My tenure has been both instrumental and strategic in mobilizing both businesses and community leaders to join me in the trenches, as I seek to change the lives of young people,” stated Clinton. “I am committed to giving youth a better life than what I had growing up in Montel Heights. Montel Heights is located in the Central South District of Nassau, and is one of the most socially depressed and violent areas in Nassau. As a community organizer, I lead in the incorporation for the Montel Heights Community Development Association and the construction of the Montel Heights Community Development Center-”for assisting in the home work and after school” said Clinton. Per Clinton, “Through this partnership, we invited middle class and higher echelon individuals to see our works, in which they were very pleased. For

“Our compassion and conviction should compel us to serve our brothers and sisters in need. I call it the generosity factor. Many people are not satisfied! They are not satisfied, because they are not giving and sharing what they have been blessed to receive. I often reference Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet. They are givers even though they are also receivers. I believe that the Lord blesses, even if you are not saved. If you possess the innate ability to be a giver and care about humanity, he will give unto you. It is not giving to get back; it is giving because that is what is within you,” said Clinton. CMG Inc. is now in heavy preparation for the third annual Bahamas Global Youth Festival, aka-Biggie Fest for April 17-19, 2017 in Nassau Bahamas. The goal is to expose young people to new resources, strategies, and opportunities that they may not be aware. “Our youth are our future!” said Clinton. I have travelled throughout The Bahamas, Caribbean, Latin America, USA, Europe & Asia planning and managing youth events. I am now positioned to pour those experiences back into our youth. With the incorporation of Clinton Minnis Global Inc. (CMG Inc.) to facilitate Global Missions, Evangelism and Humanitarian Projects, we work closely with the National Emergency Management Agency of the Bahamas (NEMA). As an organization that God has given an international assignment, Xcellence, Inc. is proud of the works of Clinton Minnis and his organization, Clinton Minnis Global Inc. We say “Thank You!” We look forward to assisting you and your organization in your global works for the kingdom.

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When asked, who is Dr. Alisa Wade? She responded, “I am the underdog that people like to count out. Even in my darkest days, I was determined to prove them wrong. If ever given the chance, they were going to change their perception of me.” Her laughter was loud and full of joy and it was hard to believe that this was a young woman that had ever struggled with self-confidence issues.

know where I got the courage to tell him these words, but I said to him, “that may have been you, but I’m going to medical school.”

As the conversation began to shift, we talked about God’s favor upon her life and how proud she was to be the first African American to own a commercial property in Grayson, GA. It doesn’t stop there, she let out this loud chuckle and began to reminisce about her college roommates and friends telling her she was going to be preaching one day and laughing at them saying, no way.

“I’ve always been a chubby girl! Born to a single mother, I recall many days of being isolated. I remember days of rejection from parents in which I couldn’t play with their kids because I didn’t have a dad around. I always felt like an outcast. Even after my mom married, although my family never treated me any different, I still stood out, because I was their half sister. I could not understand why I could never fit in,” said Alisa.

“Somehow, they always knew that I had a calling on my life, but I didn’t. However, it was in God that I began to find my real identity. It took me seeking the word of God and it was there that I found the story of David that overwhelmingly resonated with my spirit. I realized that David was the underdog. He was the shepherd while his brothers were the warriors. I felt in my spirits the words of God saying to me that you are who I called you to be. The revelation fell fresh upon me that the path I had traveled was a spiritual one assigned by God to prepare me for my life’s journey, and that is to serve him. He was perfecting loneliness in me as a child, so that I would be able to stand for him today. I know now what it means to live a holy, sacrificial, and life acceptable to God.” (Roman 12:1)

“In the midst of constant feelings of rejection, I always knew what I wanted my future to look like. As a little girl, I would nurse my grandfather back to health after coming in from a long day in the fields. One day he looked at me and said, you’re going to be my little nurse. I held on to his words for a lifetime as if I knew he had just spoken into my destiny,” shared Dr. Wade. She then tells of a story of when her guidance counselor tried to deter her into teaching, citing that it may be too hard for her to get into medical school because he had tried, also that her family may not be able to afford it. She said, “I don’t

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Atlanta Georgia delivered on bringing Xcellence, Inc.’s Eighth Annual Gala and Evening Under the Stars theme, a night to remember. The evening with Grace 17:20 restaurant, located in Norcross Georgia, complimented our vision perfectly. The food and venue was simply amazing! For the first time, we took our gala outdoors and created an ambiance of intimacy, lighting, along with the stars above, compliments of God himself, was everything that our Founder & President, Dr. Angella Banks imagined as we selected our 2016 Leadership Awards of Xcellence (Our Community Stars) location. Initially as with any event, we experienced a little anxiety as we tested to see if our vision would work. With less than 10% of our Xcellence members in the Atlanta area, we delivered what we set out to do. The entire night was a true testament of our leadership team’s ability to plan, execute, and go into unknown territory, introducing the Greater Atlanta community to our organization, celebrating local and national leadership, and a night of fun for our leaders and board members that were able to travel across the country to be in attendance. “Many people measure success by dollars and cents. For me, I measure success by how many people we are able to bless by acknowledging their leadership gifts and talents to Xcellence Communities worldwide. We still have a long road to go, but to look back from eight years ago and see the level of growth and exposure we have today, I am forever grateful to God. We look forward to eight more years of growth, development, empowerment, and promotion of leaders,” said Founder, Dr. Angella Banks. Congratulations 2016 Leadership Award Honorees of Xcellence

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“I want to be remembered as the man that had one job and that is to be about my Father’s business.” Per Tommy, “I want to be remembered as the man that has one job and that is to be about my father’s business. My occupation is what I do to get a paycheck and earn money. I was born to be brilliant, and to share my experiences with the world. In my imperfections, I messed some things up; however, throughout my life’s journey, I learned the discipline to become a wise steward of the platform that I was given.” “My message to the Xcellence Community is to remember that God uses plain ole ordinary people. Know that God is always preparing you regardless of your life’s experiences that you encounter. Someone, somewhere one day will cross your path in life, and it will present the perfect opportunity for you to share your story. Always remember that you will go through it, but also remember that you will get through it. Each of us have been given a hard drive from God. Everything you need to fulfill your life’s purpose is already inside of you. Stop searching and looking for a hocus pocus savior. You will go through situations in life that will consume you like a virus; however, it is up to you to get rid of the toxins and

poison, and upload the greatness stored in your hard drive. We all have to reboot our hard drives to get to the God-given destination before us,” said Tommy. Xcellence, Inc. is proud to honor Mr. Tommy Mikhail Ford for his contributions to community leadership and for being a Man of Xcellence to his family and to the young men he dedicated his life from day to day to love on, and make significant impact in their lives. In addition to Mr. Ford’s Man of Xcellence award given to him on September 17, 2016 during Xcellence Eighth Annual Gala in Atlanta, GA, he also received an award of recognition from the National Congress of Black Women in Washington, DC, for using his celebrity platform to empower communities under the “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.” Through Tommy Ford’s Be Still and Know, Inc., he spoke all across the country at youth seminars, conferences, trainings, and much more. From our Xcellence family to yours, we celebrate your legacy and thank you for your contributions to encourage the world to be about our father’s business, the only job that really counts.

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“I am a man of faith, not afraid to take risk. What is most important to me is being a family man! I didn’t want to be in ministry and lose my family in the process. Gone are the days that the people of God sit in the pews and the only ones advancing in prosperity is the 1st Family. I want every family to win. God has shown me tremendous favor in moving to Atlanta and starting a brand new ministry. I was obedient to his voice and assignment to go into my new territory. It almost feels like it was yesterday that I would commute one time per week from Nashville, Tennessee to Atlanta, GA, to conduct bible study. What makes our church different is, we are here for the empowerment of the people, even our approach as a family was different. I did not start a church, my entire family started a church. There are no perfect churches, but we are an effective church.�

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I am Pastor Jimmie Smith. I am a man of faith, not afraid to take risk! I am a Man of God, a husband, father, then Pastor. I am a native of Buffalo, New York and the son of a Pastor. I have been raised to know God all my life. My church roots are Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.).

would never push for that level of success for themselves. The word of God allows us all to WIN! Those days can no longer exist for the church.

Church Challenges?

In February 2017, Effective Life Church will celebrate two years in ministry. It was not easy to say the least! I Tell us about your family. drove from Nashville, I am married to my Tennessee to Atlanta, beautiful wife Davina Georgia for three months and has one daughter, with my baby girl in the Megan.We are our back seat to conduct church! We started bible study inside the Effective Life Church Salvation Army. Church together. We wanted to planting can be difficult, do something different, and it was even more and that was not to just challenging going into show me as a Pastor and unknown territory. There leader, with a family at was many days that I home, but that we reflect wanted to give up, but our church values, which decided to keep pressing is FAMILY. I will not grow because I know God is a mega-ministry and lose faithful. As I continued to my family in the process. walk by faith, God began to send people. Today, less than two years old, What made you start we have 50+ members. Effective Life Church? As God was dealing What makes Effective with me about the church, I realized that Life Church different? the church needed a I want people to win! paradigm shift. I grew I’m not trying to be the up in ministry where biggest church, but the people in the pew would most effective church. I watch the first family can’t just teach faith, I and their prosperity, but must show faith. The

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Effective Life Church family will continue to go to the community and serve through outreach to reach the hearts of people, and build them up through the word of God. My message to Xcellence Communities! If you shift your mindset, you will discover your Kingdom Purpose. It is the formula to winning. You will be RICH in prosperity, RICH in health, and RICH spiritually. Change the way you think and you will change the way you live. Effective Life Church 1801 Ellington Rd SE Conyers, GA 30013

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Who is Pastor Timothy Leverette? I am a native of Baltimore, Maryland. My first ministry was serving as a police officer, which allowed me to see the ills and pains of the people in the community. I don’t think that people realize that police officers are servants. Their jobs are to serve and protect. It was during my life as a police officer that I accepted my call to Christ. My mother was a stay at home mom and my dad was a CME Pastor. My father’s legacy definitely transcended throughout our family, as our entire family is active in ministry. It is in our DNA, our hearts were made to serve, it is who God created us to be. Tell us your role as a Pastor! In 2014, I was assigned the Hamlett Chapel CME Church, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The vision God gave me about the ministry was to be a church to the nation. To have a church that does not see skin color, but all about the Lord Jesus Christ in whom we serve. I feel that it is important to have a presence in the community in which you’re placed. We are committed to our outreach efforts, being supportive with the youth, food bank, and homeless shelters to name a few. We are to have the heart of Christ and have compassion to deal with the wounded, and minister to his people where they are. The church has changed and evolved over time. What do you feel changed? The church role is to love and not be carnal minded nor materialistic. We are to go out and disciple the lost sheep. We are not to be judgmental, but to build people up. Our society today as a whole is dealing with a lot of generational curses, and I believe the answer is to love people through their pain, and then love them to Jesus. The community as a whole has changed. Back in the day, the church was viewed as the life of the community. Today, many people view the church as a clique, a social club, congregating together once or twice a week. We are no longer seeing the church be proactive. We must become a living and breathing organism of God again for his people. I recall the days in which the Pastor could be found at the church in his office throughout the week, accessible to the people. However, those days have become extinct. You have more Pastors in part-time ministry than full-time ministry. There is an increase in mega churches, which is fine, as long as they are also mega in ministry efforts. We must be conscious of how many souls are being saved, lives changed, and hearts healed. What recommendations do you have for the Church of today? I summon the church to become connectors again. Be the gap between the community and the people to connect people to God. Outreach efforts are of high importance. Hamlett Chapel has implemented a program with a public housing complex called Willow Home. Instead of waiting on the people to come to the church, our strategy is to take the church to the people. We bring them to the church one time per month. This was an innovative strategy to disciple souls to Christ. I believe that the church must become a resource center for the community. Our future plans for what we call Hamlett Chapel on the Move, offer programs such as Alcohols Anonymous (AA), Afterschool Tutorial programs,etc….We must become the extended family of the community again, as there has been major breakdown. We can no longer be a selfish and self-willed generation. What words do you have for our Xcellence Community? Trust in the God that you say exists! God is not dead, and if he is not dead, then we must believe that God is the same of yesterday, today, and forever more. Trust God in all situations. I say, trust God no matter what. Trust him in spirit and in truth. Do not ask what God can do for you, but what is it that you can do for God’s kingdom.

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It’s hard to believe that in just a few short days, Christmas will be here all over again. Reflecting upon home for the holidays brings about fond childhood and even adult memories of what it means to be with family and friends during the holidays. Christmas is such a fond time for many reasons to me. It started off with bedtime hours as early as 7pm. My siblings and I would rush off to bed, while my dad would pretend to be Santa Claus and eat the cookies, or hide them, not really sure. There were many more traditions like listening to the scanner radio and the announcement that Santa Claus had just been spotted landing on a nearby rooftop. It’s moments like these that makes one reflect upon how blessed their life has been. As an adult, I realize that my story was probably never someone else’s story, and that their holidays were not always filled with love and cheer. The bible states that, “To whom much is given, much shall be required,” Luke 12:48. Therefore, I would like to use this moment as a time of reflection for us all. We celebrate Christmas because of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. The biggest gift that he gave us was that of Love & Sacrifice. During this holiday season, make it about being home with family and love ones, and not about worldly possessions and material things. It is because of his love that we can give love. It is because of his sacrifice that we can be sacrificial to others. Home is where the heart is! Let your heart of love be there for someone in need this holiday season. Look for charitable donations to support such as Red Cross, United Way, Churches, and other organizations. For over 7 years now, Xcellence, Inc. has partnered with Department of Children Services in Tennessee, and Pastor Wess Morgan to raise funds for youth that may not have a permanent home, away from their family, and need to feel the love from God’s people. Use this as an opportunity to get involved and show your Christmas cheer in other ways that extend beyond your immediate family. To find out how you can make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season, call 1-888-983-1672 x 705. Photo Credits:http://www.huz.name/christmas-decoration-living-room-with -christmas-tree-decoration/

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